For What It’s Worth,
Let’s Talk About Being “Born Again”

By E. J. Bradshaw

During the 1979 presidential campaign, the Georgia peanut farmer announced to the nation that he was “a born again” Christian. Most of the media’s personnel had not a clue about what he meant, and their research shed little light on the subject. Much confusion still prevails, so let’s try to find answers. The terminology originated when Jesus began His earthly ministry, a religious teacher named Nicodemus came in the night to ask questions. Jesus cut to the heart of his need by saying, “To enter God’s Kingdom, you must be born again.” John 3:3-7. The meaning? The Pharisee knew that one could not experience physical birth a second time. Jesus explained that he was talking about a spiritual birth made possible by His atoning work on Calvary and the work of God’s Holy Spirit. John 3:5-8. The resulting change in the believer’s life is like being a new creation. Read II Corinthians 5:17. By His Spirit, we are changed. After conversion, the transforming work continues. In glory, we shall be like Jesus, because we will see him as he is.

Who needs the new birth? All have sinned, so all need forgiveness and the redeeming work of Jesus. Why do we need to be born again? In chapter 2:24-25 of John sheds light on this question. “Jesus knew all men, and needed not that any should testify of men, for he knew what was in man.”

Because the very core of life is wicked; and our nature is to sin, an outside renovation is insufficient. The inside must be replaced by a new, inner man. This comes as a work of God’s grace through Spirit-given faith that causes one to renounce sin and receive Jesus as Lord. Religiosity and good works won’t save. Ephesians 2:8-10. Nicodemus knew about Jesus’ miracles. He acknowledged that Jesus came from God, but Jesus said “Except a man be born again, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” John 3:5-7.

The question you may need to ask and answer for yourself is, “Have I been trying to enter heaven by trying to be good, or have I let Jesus make me a new person?” God Bless!

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